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When you hear words like "innovator" and "world-changer," adolescents from impoverished communities don't really come to mind. I believe, however, that the brightest minds are often found in the darkest places and the time has come for these students

When you hear words like "innovator" and "world-changer," adolescents from impoverished communities don't really come to mind. I believe, however, that the brightest minds are often found in the darkest places and the time has come for these students

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Ayanna commented on The Miracle Mile Fund - Go The Distance!

The following is an article a friend of mine posted on her non-profit's Facebook page. Her organization, Two Hands International, provides support to under-represented youth by engaging them in community service and international education activities. The article basically sums up the benefits of spending time abroad and how it helps students better prepare for college and the world after.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/07/29/studying-abroad-helps-disadvantaged-students-break-frame

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Ayanna commented on The Miracle Mile Fund - Go The Distance!

Dave, international education is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm envisioning careers with Doctors Without Borders, Peace Corps, USAID, WHO; international culinary experts, international artists/performers, government agents, the list of possibilities is endless! Essentially what I want to do is help these youth develop whatever their interests might be (law, education, medicine, humanitarianism, philanthropy) and use the volunteer experience as inspiration to show them that with hard work and dedication, the world is theirs for the taking!!!

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Ayanna commented on The Miracle Mile Fund - Go The Distance!

In terms of conveying how my idea helps support youth in their pathway to employment, I definitely like Dave's suggestion of having members of the community share stories about their time abroad and how it helped them to successfully navigate their career choices. I have a friend who recently returned from Rwanda after completing a year with the Clinton Foundation's CHAI (Clinton Health Access Initiative) program. Even though she was already working here in the US, having that international experience on her resume will boost her marketability tremendously! Another idea I had was to follow the lives of several youth participating in volunteer abroad programs and have them document their involvement, almost like having a digital resume. Once they return, the footage would be edited and used to effectively market them to potential employers. In today's advancing technological age, not only would it be fun for the youth, it would be an innovative way for them to showcase their skills and the added value they'd bring to the business. Dave, your Book of Lifelong (L)earning idea would definitely come in handy here. Under their respective "What worked for me," we would have their volunteer abroad experience as the starting point and then track their progress from there, making sure to include their documentaries. We could even turn that book into some type of youth employment directory. Not only would other youth seeking pathways be able to use it to garner ideas, potential employers could also use it to find employees with the skills and training they're looking for. I'm definitely loving the feedback and suggestions guys, keep them coming! :-)